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Exploris Aquarium, Portaferry
(2.8/5 based on 200+ reviews on the web)
Exploris is Northern Ireland's only Aquarium and Seal Sanctuary. The Aquarium presents the underwater wonders of Strangford Lough and the coastal seas of Ireland in a variety of exciting and enjoyable exhibits.

The Seal Sanctuary provides a temporary home for sick or injured seal pups. Exploris is committed to rehabilitating injured and abandoned seal pups, preparing them for return to the wild.
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  • Super friendly helpful staff and a great time had at Exploris! I'm delighted it is open again! I was really impressed with all the exhibits - from seals to otters to topical fish to marine fish, shark...  more »
  • We took are two grandchildren age 6 and 2 here this afternoon on entering we were greeted by very pleasant staff. I did get the feelingI was going under the sea we were met in the first tank area by M...  more »
  • We had a lovely Visit with 3 children staff were very friendly and a wealth of knowledge we booked on line to save a few £ this was very easy Centre was very quiet even though they had all the Xmas ac...  more »
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  • Had birthday for our 8 year old there. Couldn't really fault it. I think it's better than it used to be for sure. Chris was brilliant, giving our whole party a really interesting hands on tour of all the touch tank stuff. The otters are a great addition to the attraction too.
  • We weren't expecting much, as it looks tiny from the outside and it is - frankly - in the ass end of nowhere. What a shock! Not only did we get to handle several sea creatures, the layout and design make it possible to get a 360 degree view of the sharks, manta rays and turtles as they swim above you in a glass underwater corridor. Very much worth every penny!
  • Recently re opened and looks great. Touch tanks went down a treat with the toddlers as did the tropical fish. Coffee shop wasn't bad. Think this would be a great part of a larger attraction like the zoo but quite small and expensive for a trip in itself.
  • Fantastic attraction. Beautifully presented, with a Nile crocodile, and the Porcupine fish stole the show! Spoke with two staff members who were more than willing to educate on their relevant expertise. Thumbs up.
  • I think the aquarium was better before the revamp. Do not see much improvement for the £2M spent. A few mouldings and renaming of areas. Have fitted new screen info displays instead of the original painted signs- most of the new displays were not working. There are less tank exhibits/displays than before. The tropical addition upstairs, other than the croc, a pet shop would be better to see 2 lizards and 2 snakes. The game area- what games, there weren't any, and the previous interactive section upstairs is gone, less to do. The kids area addition of sandcastle display - 3 sink size rock pools has been added, in place where the drawing and quiz section was before - there is actually less for kids to do. Admission price has increased. Would need to improve.